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The Smiler at Alton Towers reopens after safety concerns

Smiler Alton Towers
Image caption The Smiler is Alton Towers' newest attraction

A new £18m rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers has reopened after it was shut when a piece fell off the track.

Forty-eight people had to be rescued from the 14-loop ride, called The Smiler, on Sunday.

A spokesperson from the amusement park said: "The small piece of debris came from an area of the track. This has now been resolved."

The Smiler - which includes a drop of 30m (98ft) - first opened in May. It was reopened for visitors at 10:30 BST.

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